Some have and some took second jobs to supplement the shortfall. I'm comparing public sector with public sector, no need to bringing in private sector in your rebuttal. I've worked in the private sector too and I like some of ths ethics of private companies so you can forget the socialist bashing here. I'm all for performance related and more one put in the more one get out. My family has a business for nearly 30years. When I left school in the 80s during the reign of Maggie Thatcher I did'nt join the dole queu like many of my fellow school leavers in the era of high unemployment. I was a computer field service engineer for companies with multi million pound contracts and in those less PC days I was the only none white face and I need to work harder than my colleagues just to be respected as an equal.
My comment was nothing to do with socialist bashing - my partner works in the public sector so I know a little about it! She's a very conscientious worker but from what I can gather, not everyone is like her but that is beside the point.
From what I've seen, it's invariably the workers in the Public Sector who do most of the whinging when it comes to complaining about wages etc even though they are far better protected in job security terms and working conditions than those who work in the Private Sector.
This country is just like any other business - it has to keep it's wage bill down and if Public Sector workers aren't happy with the remuneration they receive then maybe the Private Sector will provide them with what they think they deserve!
Surely you should be advocating that MPs could be more efficient and receive performance related pay, I guess IDS would be well into negative territory by now [I realise he's a minister and gets twice as much pay because he is actually in charge of something]. or maybe like footballers they could be officially sponsored with nice little logos on their arms. We could operate a free market in MPs where each person's vote being worth £x and the elected mp gets the money that the electorate think each individual is worth... this would be considerably more sane than the Railways 'free market' What do MPs actually do? mainly turn up and vote when the whips tell them to, how much is that really worth. What actual skills do you need to just do what you're told (by the party, not the electorate). I'm sure they all got first dibs at the Royal Mail sell-off trough and most of the Tories have nice holdings/jobs/consultancies in the companies who are being given lucrative contracts in the NHS sell-off (as revealed in the Guardian - google it!). Were far-eastern betting syndicates really putting money on how many times Osbourne would say 'Difficult decisions' in his autumn statement ? Surely some money to be made there....
Have you also noticed how many former labour ministers have secured themselves nice little directorships with companies related to their former jobs? Google it.